Cancellara could ride Olympic individual pursuit

By Brecht Decaluwé in Val d'Isère As the current World Time Trial Champion, CSC's Fabian Cancellara...

By Brecht Decaluwé in Val d'Isère

As the current World Time Trial Champion, CSC's Fabian Cancellara naturally has one eye on Olympic gold in Beijing next year, but the Swiss powerhouse has also indicated a desire for a second Olympic title, by riding the 4km individual pursuit.

Speaking with Cyclingnews at Team CSC's rest day press conference in Val d'Isère, Cancellara pointed out his special mission for 2008. "It's an important year with the Olympics," he said. "I want to do the time trial but maybe I'll also do the 4km individual pursuit. The team will probably agree as - with my results - I'm going the right way for them."

In the future Cancellara also wants to develop into another type of rider. "My wins outside a time trial were always captured in a special way, think about Paris-Roubaix or the stage win in Compiègne. There I knew the corners and the street but I was surprised by the bad condition of the cobbles though; no wonder that they hurt everybody after 180km on flat roads.

"I want to prove that I'm more than a time trialist. In Compiègne I realised that I should try more often to attack instead of sitting back in the peloton defending a good GC position. My example is Jens Voigt who did it so many times in the past. Everybody is tired after 180km and if I feel good I should use the attack more often."

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